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Recent developments:

  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit reported 133 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and 85 on Sunday. 
  • A total of 937 cases have screened positive for variants of concern in the London region. 
  • Ontario walked back some of its new policing powers on Saturday, a day after they were announced.
  • Police now only allowed to stop vehicles or people if they are suspected of participating in an organized public event or social gathering.

What’s the latest for the London area?

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 218 cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, with 133 cases logged Saturday and an additional 85 reported Sunday. An additional COVID-related death was reported Sunday of a male in his 60s.

The majority of new cases are among people aged 29 and younger, data from the MLHU shows. 

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The region has a total of 1,159 active cases. In addition to the high case counts, the number of variants of concern continues to soar. 

According to data from the MLHU, an additional 190 cases tested are mutation-positive and 937 cases are variants of concern.

Another outbreak was declared on Friday at a Western University residence building. London Hall is now the ninth residence outbreak that remains active in the region, according to the data from MLHU.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

According to the latest update from Southwestern Public Health on Friday, which oversees Elgin-Oxford and St. Thomas, there are 198 active cases in the region.

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Huron Perth Public Health posted four new cases on Friday. The region has a total of 55 active cases. 

Both public health units will not be updating their COVID-19 daily numbers until Monday.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 4,250 new infections and 18 more deaths on Sunday, as calls from health experts for a new approach to curb the third wave continue to grow.

The seven-day average in the province is up to 4,341 a day. 

Ontario’s government walked back some of its new policing powers one day after they were announced, now only allowing police to stop vehicles or people if they are suspected of participating in an organized public event or social gathering.

Doug Ford’s government initially said on Friday that police could stop people at random and ask why they are not at home and where they live as part of a strengthened stay-at-home order to help stem a rising number of COVID-19 cases. 

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